According to the investigations, this pool has never been witnessed by humans until now.
An unimaginable network of “virgin” cave passages has been found underneath Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.
The investigations reveal that this pool which lies 700ft below has never been discovered by humans until now.
Carlsbad Caverns called the site in one of their posts in their official Facebook page, “completely pristine”. It also said that they believe the bacteria living in the water had “evolved entirely without human presence.”
This newly discovered pool is surrounded by white frosted rocks and is almost unearthly. According to the Miami Herald, this pool seems to be filled with a milky aquamarine liquid called thick lime yogurt.
“This pool has been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years and had never seen light before that day,” stated Carlsbad Caverns natural and cultural resources chief Rodney Horrocks.
The passage was first discovered in 1993 lying 700 feet below the entrance to Lechuguilla Cave. This cave is one of the 10 longest caves on the Earth. Even though it was found in 1993, the network was not entered until last October.
Wisshak along with his team mapped out 1.3 miles of passages and went on several “rope drops” in the course of the adventure. Wisshak stated in one of his facebook post:
“Exploration in caves sometimes yields wondrous sights.”
“This cave pool, found in Lechuguilla Cave, appears to be completely pristine.
“The edges beneath this pool appear to be ‘pool fingers’, which could be bacterial colonies that have evolved entirely without human presence.”
Perhaps you’d notice the water inside this pool quite alien-like, but the geoscientist and expedition leader Max Wisshak stated that the water in the pool is “crystal clear.” According to them the creamy look is due to an optical illusion.
This pool is a foot wide and 2 feet long approximately. Horrocks said, “several inches deep”. And also the water in the pool is believed to have come from the ancient rainwater which dropped through the limestones over it.
And also the microbiologists have been able to discover new microbe species in Lechuguilla Cave’s pools. This pool might also yield further results as same as the “Lake of Liquid Sky” which was discovered in 1993.
The actual origin date of the cave network is yet unknown. But the expedition has revealed that it’s about a thousand years old as there were a number of bat skeletons there.
“Such untouched pools are scientifically important because water samples are relatively free of contaminants and the microbial organisms that may live in those pools are only those that belong there.”
“Contamination can occur from the surface above the cave, but in case of Lechuguilla Cave, that’s not a big issue, since it is situated in a well-protected wilderness area. Contamination can also occur via aerosols in the air. However, a newly discovered pool in Lechuguilla Cave is about as pristine as it gets.”
The expedition team was very attentive and they made sure not to make contaminations with the water in the pool. Wisshak is now on work trying to get permission to continue his studies on the unique barite crystals in the caveat Lechuguilla Cave. It is usually quite rare to discover the mineral barite in caves.
And also the expeditors haven’t been able to witness signs of life “visible to the naked eye” in the passages. Wisshak said that the only signs of life there were the bat skeletons that remained.
However, by now there are 118 more secret caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, with many unknown ones.